dactyl

dac"tyl

(dk"tl), n. [L. dactylus, Gr. da`ktylos a finger, a dactyl. Cf. Digit.] 1. (Pros.) A poetical foot of three sylables ( ), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented; as, L. tgmn, E. merciful; -- so called from the similarity of its arrangement to that of the joints of a finger.
[Written also dactyle.]

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2. (Zol.) (a) A finger or toe; a digit. (b) The claw or terminal joint of a leg of an insect or crustacean.
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